Grand United Order of Oddfellows

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Grand United Order of Oddfellows

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Other form(s) of name

  • Grand United Order of Odd Fellows
  • Grand United Friendly Society

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Description area

Dates of existence

c. 1844 - 2005


The Grand United Order of Oddfellows (GUOOF), which was originally established in England in the late 1700s, began in Australia around 1844. The first Sydney lodge—Travellers' Home No 731—was operating in 1845 and by 1848 there were three additional lodges. In 1854, the Port Phillip District of Grand United separated from the New South Wales branch to establish Grand United in Victoria. In 1877, the Queensland lodges also separated and established their own management committee. Eventually the Queensland and NSW branches merged to form Grand United Friendly Society (NSW), and in 1986, Grand United (Vic) merged with Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows (Vic). In March 2005, the Grand United Friendly Society (NSW) merged with Australian Unity.


New South Wales; Victoria; Queensland

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Functions, occupations and activities

friendly society

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Entered from deposit description on 18 June 2012




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